- File Size: 1188 KB
- Print Length: 246 pages
- Publisher: eKensington (February 20, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 20, 2014
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F8J6PTS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,875,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I give this book a solid 4 stars. This is one of those books that will work for some readers but not for others. I liked this book and found that it did work for me but many romance readers will not feel the same. This is not a hearts and flowers feel good romance. This romance is rather dark in my mind with characters who have had a tough life.
Laura is a whore and has been one since she was 15 years old. She lives with her friend, Bette, and the pair have taken care of each other. Bette is sick and Laura is doing her best to provide for the both of them. She has always been drawn to the theater and decides to see if she can find work there. She is able to find an honest job selling treats at the theater where she meets Adam. Adam is an actor and aspiring playwright who knows that the key to the play that he has written is Laura. Adam pursues Laura and convinces her to be in his play. The pair become close and eventually Laura and Bette both move into Adam's home for protection from the neighborhood pimp. Adam knows about Laura's past but is able to look beyond that and they both start having feeling for each other.
This book is darker than most historical romances, at least those that I have encountered. Laura has been a prostitute in order to take care of herself and has a hard time believing that anyone will ever see her as anything but a whore. Adam has been at the mercy of wealthy widows in order to find work. They both have a hard time learning to be together without falling back on past behaviors. This is not simply the story of two people falling in love. It is really the story of two people who are hurting learning to love each other while learning to change their life. It was a bit different and I liked that about the book.
I found the characters to be somewhat believable. Not all of their actions were believable but for the most part it felt authentic. I thought the writing was well done. I really like that the author chose to let the characters mess up since it was really unexpected for me. I would recommend this book to any romance reader willing to try something a little darker. I plan to check out other works by this author.
Laura Robinson and her best friend of seven years are in desperate straights. Bette, an older woman, has pneumonia, and daily she slips a little further from life. Laura is crushed with concern for the woman. She admires Bette’s joie de livre and a determination to look at the bright side of life when one’s plight would have others give up. But not only does deprivation of money weigh heavy on these two women, danger lurks literally at their door.
Baxter, the local pimp and rent gouger, preys on women who have little else to sustained themselves. Laura is absolutely determined she is out of the business of selling herself and fights not to allow Baxter to take what little they have—their dignity.
Money is dangerously low and Laura needs a job. With that in mind she makes way to the local theater and procures a job providing sweets and fruit and to those watching the play. She loves the feel of the theatre and finally gets to see the wonderful actor Adam Lacey.
Sparks fly when Adam catches sight of Laura. Their eyes lock. To Adam he has found his Lucinda, the heroine of a play he’s written. To Laura she has found a man who interests her body and soul.
Adam Lacy co-stars with Monica Danes at the Theater Royal. The play will be closing soon. Adam’s decided to pursue his real dream of being a playwright, but can’t do it until he has an investor. His presently investor is a woman who demands favors from him. He is unwilling to continue to pimp himself. He must find another way—a new investor and to jump the challenges of getting Laura to be his Lucinda.
Adam and Laura struggle as they learn who each are, and ultimately, what each want. This story touches the soul and while these two, whose love fairly flies off the page, are willing to solve their problems, will they be able?
h: Laura Robinson
So you got Laura who has a difficult life that forced her to make decisions that she not proud of but she had to do it in order to survive. Then you got Adam who will do almost anything to "make it" . I thought they were a good couple willing to let go of the past for each other. But I didn't feel the heat, the consuming love or want of each other. I thought the book was good
Review: 2.5 stars
General: Unfortunately for me this book didn't hit home. The blurb intrigued me based on concept and my curiosity at what time frame this was taking place. However, I was unable to engage in the plot, characters or the time frame it was set in. I did finish as the overall idea was interesting but it isn't one that I'm keen on reading another from the author. For me everything just was a little flat, the characters weren't as strongly developed as I would have liked and the time frame felt like it was just slapped on for the sake of making the characterizations work.